Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria and the slave’s daughter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The…

Why Isis should admit guilt rather than claim responsibility

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Terrorists’ guilt Sir: A small contribution to the psychological war: when the next atrocity happens, could the BBC and other…

Letters: how jihadists justify killing women and children

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Ignoring the hadith Sir: Douglas Murray and Jenny McCartney (‘The known wolf’ and ‘A war on joy’, 27 May) are…

The femme fatale is as much a male fantasy as the Mona Lisa

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In such times as these, enough to try a man’s soul, a dose of John Finnemore is advisable. His brand…

‘Return of the Staghunt’ by Edwin Landseer, 1837 (from Highland Retreats)

The Highland dream — from picturesque cottage to fantasy castle

27 May 2017 9:00 am

As well as being a leading architectural historian Mary Miers is an editor at Country Life. For her latest book…

The 80-year-old queen is caricatured in the French satirical magazine Le Rire, greeting her nephew the Kaiser (December 1899)

Queen Victoria — burdened by grief and six-course dinners

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In 2015 a pair of linen drawers belonging to Queen Victoria sold at auction for over £12,000. In old age…

Maymania - explaining Theresa May's appeal

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The apolitical British love a warrior queen

Fanny Cornforth’s mouth comes under Kathryn Hughes’s scrutiny. The Pre-Raphaelite muse is seen here in Rossetti’s ‘The Blue Bower’

Why did Darwin grow a beard? And what was George Eliot so keen to hide?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The fetishisation of the Victorians shows no sign of abating. Over the past 16 years, since the centenary of the…

Mrs Benson and her three sons, 1884

There were none so queer as the Bensons

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Benson family was one of the most extraordinary of Victorian England, and they certainly made sure that we have…

Grammar schools don't matter. It’s central control that stymies teachers

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Remote control Sir: Rachel Wolf argues that in education policy ‘the trend, from Kenneth Baker onwards, has been towards giving…

My eerie visit to Buckingham Palace in the 1830s

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The borderline between fact and fiction becomes ever hazier, I find. Last February, Daisy Goodwin — the author of the…

ITV's Victoria is silly, facile and irresponsible – I blame the feminisation of culture

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Did you know that Queen Victoria might never have married Prince Albert had it not been for an amazing stroke…

Sonya Yoncheva is sensational in Royal Opera’s triumphant new Norma

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The Royal Opera has opened the season with a triumph, and in one of the most difficult of operas, Bellini’s…

Out of spirits: ‘Glory be to God’, c.1868, by Georgiana Houghton

A pioneering 19th-century abstract artist is brought back to life at the Courtauld

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Georgiana Houghton’s abstract ‘Spirit Drawings’ were way ahead of their time, says Simon Grant. No wonder the Victorians didn’t get her

George Stubbs’s painting of Eclipse, the outstanding English 18th-century thoroughbred

How racing finally became respectable

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Queen Victoria disapproved heartily of the racing set and of her son Bertie’s involvement in the sport. But she must…

The Bridgeman Art Library

Laurence Oliphant: oddest of Victorian oddballs

12 March 2016 9:00 am

As an erstwhile obituarist, I pity the poor hack who had to write up the life of Laurence Oliphant —…

The dining car of the London to Liverpool express — back when croutons were still served with the soup

Sexual assault, chamber-pot etiquette, and other problems of early rail travel

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Simon Bradley dates the demise of the on-board meal service to 1962, when Pullman services no longer offered croutons with…

Victoria as a child, by Richard Westall

Queen Victoria was born to be a novelist — this book proves it

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A wonderfully vivid school story has surfaced written by Queen Victoria as a child. The monarch was clearly a sensational novelist manqué, says Philip Hensher

What’s wrong with the Victoria Cross

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘It is the task of a Patton or a Napoleon to persuade soldiers that bits of ribbon are intrinsically valuable.…

How long is it since anniversaries stopped being measured in years?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

‘You must promise to be with us for our silver wedding D.V. which will be in four years,’ wrote Queen…

Portrait of Lord Dufferin, 1893

The first Lord Dufferin: the eclipse of a most eminent Victorian

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava is largely forgotten today — rotten luck for the great diplomat of the…

‘The Great Elm at Lacock’, 1843–45, by William Henry Fox Talbot

Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain reviewed: entertainingly barmy

28 February 2015 9:00 am

In the centre of the new exhibition Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain there is a huge white elephant. The beast…

Princess Bamba, Catherine and Sophia Duleep Singh at their debut at Buckingham Palace, 1894

Sophia Duleep Singh: from socialite to socialist

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Princess Sophia Alexandrovna Duleep Singh (1876–1948) had a heritage as confusing as her name. Her father was a deposed Indian…

Mary Anne Disraeli by James Godsell Middleton

Politics as an aphrodisiac: the secret of the Disraelis’ happy marriage

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The long, happy and unlikely marriage of the great Conservative leader Disraeli and his wife Mary Anne, 12 years his…

Spectator letters: Scottish Tories, ambulances and Florence Nightingale

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The other Tory split Sir: With regard to the article by James Forsyth (‘The great Tory split’, 6 September), there is…